OpenStreetMap Joins the Static Maps Club

Adam DuVander, October 12th, 2009

OpenStreetMapThe wiki of maps, OpenStreetMap, has gone static. Its OpenStreetMap API now has an option to show a static map version, rather than a JavaScript “slippy” map. The more interactive version is still available, but could be more than is needed for many uses.

The new feature comes thanks to Google Summer of Code and Pawel Niechoda, the student who spent the last few months plugging away for OpenStreetMaps.

Graceland on OpenStreetMaps

To create a static image, like the one of Graceland above, you simply pass the center of the map, zoom level, and dimensions to OpenStreetMap.

Static APIs have become more popular lately. Google upgraded its static API and MapQuest released its first take. One reason for the popularity could be how maps are being used. On many sites, developers simply point out a single location, using an interactive map in a non-interactive manner. This is more resource intensive for the mapping provider, as well as slower for the user to load. Static maps create a simple way to solve this issue.

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October 18th, 2009
at 3:23 pm
Comment by: IKTeroak :: Jakintzako ikasleak Ordiziako mapa librea osatzen :: October :: 2009

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May 7th, 2010
at 12:02 pm
Comment by: OpenStreetMap Gets Unprecedented Level of Detail via Collaborative Editing

[...] edited, making it a kind of “Wikipedia for maps” (see our earlier coverage on this project here). The results have been quite impressive, as TechCrunch reported: The number of contributors to [...]

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